The eleventh-largest school district in the U.S. has renamed a high school formerly known as Robert E. Lee High School after civil rights icon John Lewis.
The school board in Fairfax County, Virginia, voted Thursday to rename the school after the congressman, who died this month. The new name, John R. Lewis High School, takes effect this school year.
Representative Tamara Derenak Kaufax, a Fairfax County school board member, proposed a resolution to remove the Confederate general’s name from the school in Springfield, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C., in February.
Several board members cheered when the unanimous vote was announced.
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